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Course - BTEC First Diploma in Art & Design

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  • Course description
    Duration of course:
    One year – full-time.

    NB: Day-time programmes of study are available on a full-time basis, or part-time for those in receipt of DSS benefits and needing to satisfy the conditions of availability for work.
    What does it include?
    This 1-year design course will introduce you to a range of 2D & 3D visual design skills. Using design research and observational drawing as a starting point you will learn and develop a broad range of visual design methods, practical techniques and skills to produce creative design work in the areas of;
    ·          Surface Textile Design
    ·          Graphic Design
    ·          Constructed Textile Design
    ·          Product Design
    ·          Fashion Accessories and Jewellery
    ·          Architectural & Spatial Design

    You will be taught by dedicated and experienced lecturers in purpose built design studios that have been awarded Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status by the Learning & Skills Council and our fully equipped 3D multi skills workshop. You will work on design projects that involve exploring the properties and potential of materials for design using a range of 2D & 3D techniques and technologies. Work will involve 3D vac forming, heat cutting and construction to 2D printing using ink and digital software. You will regularly visit museums and galleries to gather information to inform your design work.
    We believe that supporting you so that you can pursue a future in design is important, so the course will include helping you to improve and develop your communication skills with additional Key Skills qualification study. You will receive group and individual tutorial support to keep you on track and if needed additional learning support is available.
    What do I need to get onto it?
    Entry onto the course is by interview. You will need to bring with you some examples of your work that you would like to talk about, a reference from school or college and your National Record of Achievement. At interview you should demonstrate potential to benefit from this course. Ideally you will have 3 GCSEs. If you dont think that you have the right qualifications but think this is the right course for you then apply or come along to the college to see how we can support you.
    Where does it lead?
    When students successfully complete this course they have the opportunity to progress onto a level 3 vocational qualification course to develop their design skills in greater depth and equip them with the relevant knowledge and production skills needed to pursue University study or career opportunities in their chosen design subject area.

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